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Monday, August 31, 2015

La La Land Crafts Guest Design Finale...

Hello friends and happy Monday!! :)
AND..it just so happens to be THE very last day in August too!  (Summer has really flown by very quickly it seems like!)  BUT, before Summer comes to a crashing end, I'd like to share a fun "Summer-like" design with you today!

As with Summer finishing up, as it is so with my guest design spot for
LA LA LAND CRAFTS

I want to take a quick moment to say that I appreciated my time with the wonderful design team and the generosity of Irina with her stunning products!  I'm sure I will be having some fun with them in the future as well!  Very thankful to have had this opportunity to guest design for the last few months.
I hope you will stop by the blog and subscribe as they have such a talented group of ladies over there who do a fantastic job of showcasing these images and products!

For my final "Inspirational Monday" GDT project over at the
La La Land Crafts Blog...
we are sharing inspirational projects using metal embellishments.
(I have collected SO MANY charms over the years as well as generosity of other crafters sharing their stash of metal charms...so this was not a difficult challenge for me at all!)
Here's what I've come up with:
I think this might be one of my favorites from the "Luka" collection! :)
This cutie is called "Sailor Luka".  The sentiment that I've used on this card also comes with the stamp included in the set.
I've taken one of the Stitched Clouds Border Dies and used it to cut out the sentiment to place at the top of my card design.  I've also used the tiny cloud from the Stitched Sun and Clouds die set to pop up an extra cloud over the border that I cut.  All of the papers that I've used have come from one of the previous SSS card kits that I've received over the Summer and I thought it would be fun to use them for this design.  So I've cut a small banner using the Stitched Elements die set and then I just cut off the other strips of paper at an angle for the top left of my card.

I have used this fun metal charm from my stash that looks exactly like the "wheel" that Luka is holding! :)  Took some twine to tie it with my bow  over top of the strips of papers.  Then I popped up that tiny stitched cloud over top of the twine.

So I thought that I nice small border of red card stock around the edge of the card would set this off nicely and then I attached it all onto a top folding A2 sized white card base.  Simple and cute, just the way I like it! :)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing all of my creations using these cute products as much as I've enjoyed creating with them!  If you purchase anything that has inspired you from my blog, please be sure to let Irina know that I sent you there!!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!  Enjoy your day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whimsy Stamps - Pocket Tissue Holder + Video!!

Hello friends!
I certainly hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!  The Summer is ending, school has started up...and you know what comes so close to this, right?!  Not talking about Fall or Christmas even...I'm talking about that dreaded COLD SEASON!! BLAH!!
I actually have just recently gotten over a horrible cold that I believe my son brought home to his mother...how nice of him to share, right?! LOL!  AND...speaking of the "cold season", this leads me into my post for you today as well....

Welcome to another "Whimsy Stamps Wednesday"!
Today is my turn to share a project and video with you using some fun products from
Whimsy Stamps

I have taken some adorable "Get well" themed stamps and dies to make some fun and useful gift ideas for someone who may not be feeling well:
I had made these before years ago and honestly do not remember where exactly the idea came from, but I remember how fun and easy it was to put one together.  When I saw these cute Whimsy Stamps images and dies, I knew that they would be perfect to use for this idea!

You could actually get an entire package of these Kleenex pocket tissues at any local grocery or discount store.  Being a mom, as you may know, I have gotten in the habit many years ago to always keep one of these handy in my purse at all times!! :)  So here'a another great idea for them!
For this particular "Pocket Tissue Holder", I have used the fun Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called "Circles, Circles, Circles" to make the background of my tissue holder.  For the sentiment on the top part of the main design, I've used the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set "Get Well Soon".  (I have used this stamp set more extensively on the second design which you can see more closely on down within this post.)

Here's a closer view of the details with the die cuts on it:
I have used the die set from Whimsy Stamps called "Get Well Additions" where you see I've cut out the adorable bottle with the hearts on it as well as the scattering of pills and hearts around it.  You can better see the details in the cap of the bottle with the ridges that get embossed when you die cut it out.  I've added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over that as well as the white pills in the pile.  You can also better see the details with the glossy accents on the hearts.

If you would like to see how to make one of these "Pocket Tissue Holders" for yourself and see how they come together, then please check out my video below:
**To watch this video on You Tube or to see it in HD, CLICK HERE.**
(If you want to enlarge the video to fill your screen, click on the bottom right corner of the video.)
{If you haven't yet, please be sure to subscribe to my channel or the Whimsy Stamps channel to see more videos made using these products!} - thanks for watching!


Although I didn't mention this within the video, I thought you could easily make several of these at one time for a various amount of occasions like for a teacher, or to decorate for the seasons in your own home or even to make one for a special gift for a fellow office colleague to put on their desk.  You could even add a gift card on the back of it or design a pocket for it to fit in.  It's a great idea rather than just sending along a card, I think.  :)  And of course, as you can see, the pocket tissues can easily be slid in and out on the side of the holder when you need to refill it.

Here's a closer look at the other tissue holder:
For this one, I have decided to use this image from Whimsy Stamps called "Jenny Has the Cure" from the Lizzy Love/Oddball Art Collection.  I have colored her in with my Copic markers and fussy cut her out to prop her up on the tissue holder.  (She is secured with foam tape.)  I have also taken the "hugs" sentiment from the same image set and cut it out with the Stitched Tag Dies and tied it onto the red ribbon bow with some linen thread.

Of course to make my "background papers" on the tissue holder, I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called "Get Well Soon"...so many useful and fun images to work with in this set!  I'm sure I'll be using it again very soon! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my project and video today!  I have some more fun videos coming very soon, so be sure to stay tuned into my blog and channel to see them! :)

Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to visit!  I appreciate it!!
Stay healthy and crafty my friends!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Alphabet Challenge - 'N' for "No Designer Papers"
Sweet Stampin' - Spots and/or Stripes
Crafty Card Makers - No Designer Paper

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's "Back to School" for La La Land Crafts!

Hello friends!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was fantastic!  I really enjoyed the time spent with hubby!  We ate out and saw a fun magic show in town..really amazing and fun! :)

So today, I'm here to share with you my creation as a guest design for
La La Land Crafts
Check out their awesome products if you haven't yet!!

Today, it's "Inspirational Monday" over at the
La La Land Crafts blog
and the theme for this inspiration is "Back to School"!

So check out the card I have made:
I thought that this Backpack Marci was SO cute with apple and backpack in hand.  The sentiment and extra apple by her feet are both from the same stamp set as well! :)

To help with the "back to school" theme, I've added some fun papers and I've used a spiral border punch to make the spiral look at the top of the lined school papers sticking out from behind her. For the yellow star and border on the design, I've used the very versatile Stitched Elements dies from La La Land Crafts as well as the Stitched Zigzags dies for added extra "back to school" design elements.  To finish it off, I had some Teresa Collins Wooden enamel dots and some linen thread to wrap around the metal paper clip on the image panel.

Here is a closer look at some of the other details you might not see in the above photo:
Of course I've colored her in with my Copic markers, but you might also notice the slight shine in the apples on this photo.  I have covered both the apple with some glossy accents.  And if you notice the die cut star on the top corner, I've covered that with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

I've also used a gold glitter pen to color in the buckles on her shoes as well as the clasp on her backpack.  I was trying to give her headband a soft suede look like her shoes and backpack, but looking at his, I wish I would've colored it blue or yellow now! :)

I hope you've been inspired today with my "Back to School" creation!  If you want to see even more inspiration using these stunning La La Land Crafts products, then please be sure to check out the blog and subscribe for updates to see amazing designs from the design team!  They're so talented!

Thanks so much for dropping in today friends!
See you soon! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Clear it Out - Theme:  Back to School/ Stash:  Office Supplies (paper clip)
Papertake Weekly - To Die For 
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Back to School
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use a Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Back to School

Friday, August 21, 2015

Flashback Friday - Old Stamp meets New Papers

Hello friends!!
Happy Friday!!  Yay!  I have some fun plans this weekend for a long awaited "date night" with hubby and we are both looking forward to it!  Hope you have some fun plans going on too! ;)

For this Flashback Friday, I have a card that I had made for a friend's birthday.  I sent it out late of course, but I least I got it sent and she has already gotten it!

This stamp that I've used on this card dates back to 1996!
This was actually a set that I "used" to have back in the day, but had long since sold it somewhere along the line.  My mom had this same set and ended up giving it to me as I don't think it has even been used when I was looking at it!! LOL!!  It's actually in excellent condition...brand new like!
So thanks to mom for "saving" this for me to use!! LOL!!
This set is, of course, a Stampin' Up! set called "Nice & Easy Notes"...anyone remember?
I thought his image had a nice country feel to it and I thought it would be great to use for my demo friend who lives out in the country.  Hope she didn't mind that I used something so old!! LOL!

I have actually embossed the image and then used my aquapainter and some Stampin' Up! reinkers to color in the image with.  I forgot how much I used to enjoy coloring with my ink pads!  It's awesome that I can get the colors to match up with my papers, etc.  (Of course the photo doesn't look like it matches up the colors with the papers, but IRL, it looks more matched up.)

I have some mega punches (If anyone remembers those popular punches from a few years back before the dies started becoming really popular.) and used them to punch out the image and the scallop circle behind it.  I have popped it up over some NEW Stampin' Up! papers from the Farmer's Market DSP that I received from a paper share.  (They are awesome and I've used tons of them along with the Schoolhouse DSP...which are the two that I didn't think I'd use at all!! figures!) I just love the gingham pattern in these colors!  I thought it helped to bring out that "country feel" that I was going for with this.

Lastly, I have added some thick baker's twine in matching Blackberry Bliss color along with an Old Olive button that I attached on top of the bow.  And now that I see this photo, I see my bow was twisted and didn't get a chance to fix that before I sent it off! LOL!  So hopefully she didn't get a twisted bow when it arrived!! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my "Flashback Friday" today!!  Thanks so much for stopping in, I always appreciate you taking the time to visit!!
Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts - Celebration Time
Sister Act - anything goes
The Friday Mash-Up - 1.  Birthday and/or 2.  Technique (I did watercolor)

Brown Sugar - Buttons & Bows
Crafty Catz - Flowers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Addicted to Stamps with Holiday

Hello friends!
Just popping in this evening to share a card for the new
Addicted to Stamps Challenge
The theme for this week is Holiday - so create something with any Holiday or "vacation" theme.

The sponsor for this week's challenge is:
(Click on badge to be taken to the store.)
The winner from this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate to their store!
So be sure to play along for your chance to win this cool prize! :)

The sponsor has kindly donated images for the team to use and here's what I've made:
I have printed out this Framed Poinsettia twice, but have sized them differently to layer them on top of each other to get this look.  I didn't want to color in the poinsettia, so I sponged on some ink for coloring and then cut it out and layered it onto some gold foil paper.  I had a decorative paper with poinsettia print that I black embossed the sentiment over. (Sentiment is from my older SU! stash of course!)  :)

For a finishing touch, I added some gold dazzles corner stickers to it.
It was very simple to put together and I like how elegant it looks with little effort!

Here is a closer view of the design:
Here you can better see the shine from the gold foil paper as well as a closer look at the poinsettia coloring details.  I've colored the center with my gold gel pen.  The top layer was also popped up with some foam tape over the larger image.

So I hope you will stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration and join in the fun!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Sister Act - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes
Shopping Our Stash - Layer it On Me

Monday, August 17, 2015

La La Land Crafts Inspirational Monday

Hello friends!
Hope that you had a wonderful weekend!
I'm stopping by today to share another creation I made for this week's Inspirational theme over at
LA LA LAND CRAFTS BLOG
For this week, the team is inspiring you with projects made using flags and/or banners!

Of course the first flag that came to my mind was the U.S. flag, so I have made this card:
Even though Independence Day is long gone and OWH is not accepting cards, I do know that there is special place that take cards that are given to Veterans and I thought this would be a special one for someone to receive and thank them for their service. (Veteran's Day is November 11th.)
I have used this cute Saluting Luka stamp along with the sentiment that comes with him for my card today!  I have colored his pants and hat with the camouflage pattern in mind when I did it.  It was fun coloring in a pattern on his clothes!  I've also used a silver gel pen to color in his dog tags, they are so shinny!  For the sentiment, I cut it out using the banner die from the Stitched Elements die set.  I've also used the stitched star that comes in the set for the silver stars behind Luka as well as the stars I inlaid into the Scalloped Trim Banner Die.  I cut that out twice to get a dimensional look for it.

Here's a closer view of Luka:
Here you can better see the sparkly shine on his dog tags and the camouflage pattern.
Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration over at the La La Land Crafts blog!

Thanks so much for stopping here with me today!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Fantasy Stampers - Boy's Rule!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Whimsy Stamps VIDEO Design Team! +Back to School Project with videos!

Hello friends!!! :)
Did you catch that title?!!  I'm SOOO excited and happy dancing right now...want to dance along with me?!  LOL!

I'm excited to be able to share the news with you that I'm now on the
Yay!! I can't wait to start sharing lots of fun videos with you using their wonderful products!
I have known Denise, owner of Whimsy Stamps, for a long while here in blog land and I'm completely honored to be working with her!  She is a wonderful person and has made an awesome business for herself in the stamping world!

Are you familiar with their products?  If not, then you'll really want to check out the video I have for you below!  Even if you are already familiar with Whimsy Stamps, I offer up some storage tips and ways that I like to store these products!  There is really something for everyone in every different crafting style you might have...which is why I love these stamps and dies...variety baby!! :)

So grab your favorite beverage and enjoy these tips:
To watch on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*


BUT WAIT....I even have my very first  project to share with you too!! :)
So you know what time of year this is, right?!  It's BACK TO SCHOOL time!  It's time to get out all of those notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks and get your kids in gear for the learning season!  For me, this means "back to college" for my kids!! LOL!!  They need some special inspiration too!  Even though they think their mom is a bit "corny" at times, I think they like the special attention!  :)

So I have made this really fun miniature sized "Chalkboard Easel" card for the occasion:
I've used this really cute pencil image from Whimsy Stamps called "Make Your Mark".  He was so much fun to color!!  I have him layered over a notebook looking designer paper to make it seem as if it's a piece of paper clipped on the chalkboard easel!  For the look of the spiral design, I have used a couple of Whimsy Stamps dies to make it as you will see in the video, I have a special technique that shows how to only cut the spiral edging and not the entire strip.  I've used the Spiral Notebook Die and the Stitched Border Die Trio set to get that look.

For the "A, B, C" lettering on the chalkboard, I have used this Clearly Whimsy stamp set called Stitched Alphabet Upper Case.  The entire alphabet comes in the set, but I only needed to use the first three letters for my design here. So if you'd like to see how I made this entire card to get the chalkboard design AND to see how to make the faux woodgraiin background that you see on this chalkboard easel card, then check out the video below:
(To watch on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!)
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*


Of course I wanted to carry the "chalkboard" look to the inside of the card as well and I've even written a special message to get my kid inspired to start learning! LOL!
This embossed white sentiment comes from the same set that the cute pencil guy is in!  So it makes the set even more fun to use! :)  So check out Make Your Mark!


Here is a closer view of the "pencil guy" colored in:

I have added in some details that perhaps you don't really notice from a photo, so if you'd like to see how I colored in this pencil guy, then be sure to check out the fun video below:
(To watch this video on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!)
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*

I hope you have enjoyed my "Back to School" project for you today as well as the videos on how I put it all together!  Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube channel if you haven't yet already and be sure to subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps channel to see more up-coming videos!

Thanks so much for joining in the fun with me today!
Happy crafting and see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my card for:
Everybody Art - emboss
Simply Create Too - anything goes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Guest Design for Deep Ocean with Maritime!

Hello friends!!
It's my second post for today!
(scroll down to see the La La Land Crafts new release!)

I'm here to share a fun challenge with you over at the
DEEP OCEAN CHALLENGE BLOG
I'm excited to have won a guest design spot from a previous challenge!
The challenge theme for this challenge is "Maritime"
The definition from what I understand of this word is:
"Maritime is primarily an adjective that describes objects or activities related to the sea."

So from that thought came my idea to make this:
I wanted to capture this fun "underwater scene" using this really awesome image that has been lurking in my stash for a while!  This is the "Journey into the Sea" image from Whimsy Stamps by Crissy Armstrong.  I fell in love with it when it came out a few years back and I had so much fun coloring her in!  I actually fussy cut the image and mounted it onto my watercolor background!

For the background, I have used my Kurtake Gansi watercolors with different colors of blues and greens mixed in.  I finished it off with splashes of pearl white!  (and then I covered the entire thing up!)  That's OK, because I wanted to have this underwater scene for the image!  I also pulled out my "Sea Life" stamp set with the coordinating dies to add some bubbles and the pieces of "sea weed" woven around the image.  I've also taken the sentiment and die cut it out and layered it over a piece of brushed gold card stock.

I've layered the underwater scene with the brushed gold card as well and then attached it all to a 5" square folded Garden Green card stock base.  Although I haven't added too many embellishments, I didn't really think it needed any with everything going on!  There's a lot activity underwater you know?!! LOL!!

Here's a closer look at some of the sparkle...
So as you can see, I've used my glitter gel pens to color the sea horses scales at the top portion of his body.  I've also used the glitter gel pens to color in the mermaid's hair, eyes, necklace and bracelet.  I also added some fine glitter to both the mermaid and the sea horses fins.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation this afternoon and I would love to see what your idea is for the "Maritime" theme!!  Hope you can join in the fun with us!! :)

Thank you SO MUCH for dropping in today!!  I'm hoping to "SEA" you soon!! LOL!
I will be back again tomorrow with a special announcement!! 

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Crafts 4 Eternity - Transport
Alphabet Challenge - "M" for Mermaids
Fantasy Stampers - Lots of Layers
Come and Get It - Feature a Creature

New Release at La-La Land Crafts - TAKE TWO!

Hello friends!!!
So did you happen to see the new release for
La-La Land Crafts
  If not, check out my post below - or CLICK HERE!
This ENTIRE week, the design team will be sharing creations they've made with the new release products!!  So if you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to catch the inspiration on the blog!
CLICK HERE to go now!

So for day 2 of the new release inspiration, I have used more new products:
AWE!!  Isn't she the sweetest?!  This is the new release Baby Marci with Rattle and I think she certainly looks so pretty in pink! :)  I have also used the sentiment that comes with the set and die cut it out with one of the dies from the Stitched Elements set.  I've also used the new release Scroll Corner die and cut it out twice to use as a nice decorative design around my sentiment panel.  I love the fancy scroll look it gives!  I've also used the new release Baby Clothesline die too!  I've actually die cut it out three/four separate times and layered my die for the look with the different colors on it.  I even took the tiny heart from the shirt and added it to my sentiment panel!  So you could use the negative pieces from this as well...which gives you more for your money!! :)  I've added some glitter to the center of the clothes to match Baby Marci's ruffles on her dress.  For the borders at the top and bottom of my card, I've used the Stitched Scallops Border die.

Here is a closer view of some of the details:
As you can see, I've added some glitter to the ruffles part of her dress and I've also added some pearls to the center of her rattle.  She was colored with Copics and I added some dots with my white gel pen to her top and her tiny bit of bottoms sticking out.  :)  I fussy cut out the image and used some foam tape to pop her up over the card design.  After all...she needs the most attention, right?! :)

Products used on card:
Dies - Scroll Corner (used two of them together for the scroll behind the sentiment)
Baby Clothes Line

Older Dies: Stitched Elements

Copics: Dress, Rattle, Pacifier, Flower, botties - R83, R81, R00, R000
Bonnet, button - E84, E81
Hair - Y17, Y21
Skin - E21, E00, E000, R11, R00

I really hope you've enjoyed my creations show-casing the new release!!
But don't forget you can keep on being inspired with the new release from the design team for the entire week!  You don't want to miss it, they are a talented bunch!! :)
CLICK HERE to see the inspiration on the blog!
If you want to have a look at the entire release....
They are all available RIGHT NOW!!  CLICK HERE to purchase!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I do appreciate your support!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Penny's Paper - card for a child or with a child
Simon Says Stamp - Tie it Up
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - anything but birthday

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Release at La-La Land Crafts!!

Yay!!  It is a special time this week over at
La-La Land Crafts
This whole week the design team will be sharing creations they have made with
the NEW August Release products!!  How fun is that?!!

So be sure to check out the La-La Land Crafts blog EVERY SINGLE DAY this week so you don't miss out on all of the gorgeous creations made with the new products!
Since I'm a guest designer, I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy this release with them!
So here's what I've made:
This adorable image is called Kimono Marci with Lantern and she is new for this release.
I have also used some new dies on my creation as well which are the Lanterns dies (this comes as a set of two together) and I've also used the Scroll bracket die.  This is such an awesome die and I think it will be fun to use in the future as well!  (I've die cut it out twice for my card here with gold foil card stock.)

This card is so shinny and stunning IRL!!  Wish you could all see it the way I do! :)
I have used some really pretty foil colored decorative papers in the background for my card and I've also die cut the Scroll bracket die twice in gold foil card stock and attached it over top of the decorative papers.  For the lanterns dies, I've die cut them with pink card stock and cut out a purple piece for the back of it.  I also cut the lanterns out again in gold foil card stock and just inlaid the small gold circles in the center of each of them.  I then covered both lanterns with my Wink of Stella glitter pen too!  I've got them mounted on foam tape over my design and  I also took some gold cord and strung it through the lanterns.

So I wanted to make it look like Kimono Marci has plucked off one of the lanterns from the string of them I have hanging above her head.  She was fun to color and I was going for a soft silk flow on her dress with this.  I fussy cut her out and attached her to the front of my design.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
Hopefully here you can see a bit of the shine from everything on the card including Kimono Marci herself with the gold glitter gel pen I've used on the trimming!

Here is the products used:
Stamps - Kimono Marci with Lantern

Dies - Lanterns, Scroll Bracket

Copis: Dress, Bows, Lantern - RV34, RV32, R30, V17, V09, gold gel pen
Hair - N8, N6, N3
Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, R00


So head right on over to the La-La Land Crafts blog and be sure to check out all of the wonderful inspiration from the design team!!  It's such an incredible release!! :)
If you want to have a look at the entire release....
They are all available RIGHT NOW!!  CLICK HERE to purchase!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:
House of Cards - metallics


Clear it Out - anything goes

Sister Act - anything goes

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Challenge Blog Announcement!!

Hello friends!!
Just briefly here to interrupt your blog surfing to ask you if you have stopped by and become a follower of this brand NEW challenge blog starting up in a couple of short months!???
(Click badge to be taken to the blog!)

There will be announcements of the new design team starting in September, so be sure to follow along with us for the special updates and announcements!!  You will also want to follow along so you don't miss out on the fun when the challenges start! - First challenge will be on Thursday, October 8th!

I hope you will join us!!  Can't wait to see you over there!!! :)
Now back to your regularly scheduled blog surfing!!   Thank you for your attention!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, August 7, 2015

Flashback Friday - Flippin' Out!

Hello friends!  Welcome to another Flashback Friday!
Yay!  Friday is finally here!  It's still the hot dog days of Summer and so I thought it would be fun to create a Summer theme design for today!

I have decided to pull out a few of my older stamps and combine them with some more current items on my design for today...so let's have a look at today's "Flashback Friday".....
I am using a couple of older Stampin' Up! stamp sets called:
"Around & About" and also another old set called "A Little Love".  These are both dated as 2003 and 2004. I've combined it with a brand new set I got along with a couple of current trends:
So I've combined these older stamp sets along with a brand new set I just got from Simon Says Stamp in their new card kit called:  Flip Flop Season (I've used the sentiment from the set.) and I've also made this a CAS one layer card, which is pretty popular right now.  I've also done an emboss resist technique with some distress ink blending.

For the frames, I had to pull out my "Stamp-a-ma-jig" to line it up over the flip flop image.  I stamped one slightly askew and layered with another frame image in black ink over top of that.  I also drew some lines with my Copic liner pen to mimic the style of frame over the flip flops.  The flip flops were colored in with my Copic markers and I stamped the dotted frame using the same colors of distress inks that I've used for my masked emboss resist blending.  There is also a clear gel pen in the kit which I've used to cover the tiny flowers on the flip flops for a bit of sparkle.

This card was very simple and fun to create!  I'm so glad that I was able to pull out some more of those OLD stamps and tools from my stash and use them again...and I got to use some of my NEW goodies along with it!!  Can't get any better than this, right?!  Life IS better in flip flops!! :)

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!
Please be sure to stop by again on Monday as I have a special post to share with you!
Bye for now! :)  Enjoy your weekend!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
One Layer Simplicity - Strip Down
AAA Cards - It's SO HOT!

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Frame It!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hello My Baby, Hello My Honey...Anything Goes!

Good evening friends!!
Here to share with you  a new challenge over at
Addicted to Stamps
For this week's challenge, it's an "ANYTHING GOES" theme!
So basically have fun making anything you want!  So easy, right?!

The sponsor for this challenge is
They will be giving away a $12 gift certificate to the winner!
So be sure to play along for your chance to win!!

The sponsor has kindly provided some images for the design team to work with, so I picked out this really cute and fun image for my card:
This is called "Top Hat Frog" from Sami Stamps.  I've colored him in with my Copics.  In an attempt to add some texture, I've really made him look so "dotty" that it looks like a frog with measles!! LOL!! So...dots or no dots?  Right now, I'm not liking them!   He has "frogotten" something too!  Probably a birthday because I do this all the time!! :)  The sentiment comes from an older Stampin' Up! stamp set I have in my stash.

I have kept this card really simple which I think makes it great for a guy card too!
I've added some Wink of Stella to his hat and I thought it would be fun to add in some green sequins as well.  I've added an additional black strip of card stock to the bottom to give some interest to the overall design.

Maybe I'm showing my age here a bit, but when I was a child, I would watch this Looney Toons cartoon and this image really reminds me of that cartoon!  Do any of you recognize this fellow?

LOL!
If you do NOT know this cartoon image or what I'm talking about, here's a little clip from the cartoon that I'm referring to:


Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog to what the other talented design team has come up with as well!  I look forward to seeing what you all create!
Thanks so much for dropping in!  See you soon! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this for:

Brown Sugar - animals

My Number is Up over at Retro Rubber!

Hello friends!
I'm honored to have won a guest design spot over at the
RETRO RUBBER CHALLENGE BLOG
The fabulous ladies have asked me to join with them for this challenge using a stamp that is at least 1 year or older to make a creation with this theme in mind....



As you know, it's never really a problem for me to "dig out" some older stamps in my collection to play along!  If you've ever seen any of my "Flashback Friday" posts, then you know that I really enjoy doing that and so...this challenge blog is always one that I like to join with! :)  I hope you will be inspired to pull out your older stamp and play too!

So here's my take on this challenge:
Of course SPORTS come to my mind when I think of numbers...I have all boys and a husband that loves his sports any time of the year! :)  I'm always needing masculine cards anyway!

So what I've done is cut out a jersey style shirt with my Cricut Explore machine and then I took an older stamp set called "Jersey" from My Favorite Things and stamped the name along with the numbers on the shirt.  You may notice that this is the name I took when I married my husband.  The number on the jersey was carefully selected as well because this represents the year we were married.  And I've chosen these particular colors to make this card because we are both big Chicago Bears football fans and it's just something that we enjoy together.  This October we will be celebrating our 16th wedding Anniversary and so I thought this would be a great idea for a card for him.  :)

The sentiment on the jersey as well as the football helmet came from another older My Favorite Things stamp set called "All Star".  I got these stamp sets because I have many photos of my boys all playing in various sports during their high school years.  So some day...I will possibly get everything put together in scrapbooks! :)  For the stars in the background, I did use a more current stamp set from My Favorite Things called Totally Happy.  I thought this was a great set to use because it has so many stars in it!

I've also added an orange strip of numbers with an old embossing folder I had with numbers on it as well.  Do not know how many moons ago that I got that either!  :)  I finished it off with more punched out stars and some ribbon with the football helmet attached above it.

There's only one last thing I have to say as the football season is upon us...
GO BEARS!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!  I appreciate you being here with me! :)
Please stay tuned in!  I will have more to share later today!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a the challenges I'd like to enter this creation for:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Dry Embossing



Monday, August 3, 2015

Making "Merry" on Monday with Pastel Colors!

Hello friends!  Welcome to my SECOND post of the day!  :)

(If you'd like to see my "Inspirational Monday" post for La-La Land Crafts, please scroll down or
CLICK HERE to be taken to it.)

I am very honored to have won a spot as a guest designer over at
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!
While it's still SO HOT out right now, this is the perfect time to be thinking "cool thoughts" and getting your crafting geared toward Christmas time!  I'm happy to have a mild start on this! :)

So, for the challenge this week, they would like to see your CHRISTMAS designs
with keeping this in mind:
I really love those soft pastel colors, but sometimes we don't always think about them on a Christmas card, so here's something that I came up with for this challenge:
I have done a bit of masking on this card and I was thinking perhaps that this would be better explained in a future video.  It's actually really simple, but to type it all out might be a bit confusing if you've not attempted this before.

I've used some Stampin' Up! colors in the "Soft Subtles" color family to do the masking for the background.  I think it sort of created that "Northern Lights" feel to it.  The stamps that I've used are also from Stampin' Up!  The tree image comes from the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set and the sentiment comes from the "Many Merry Messages" stamp set.

I have stamped the images in black ink after I made my background and then I took my glue pen and added some fine loose glitter to the trees.  I then took some larger glitter and used that for the ground coverage under the trees.  I finished it off with a few snowflake sequins.  I thought layering it behind a thin black mat would make the pastel colors pop out even more.  I've used some foam to pop up the panel over a Soft Sky colored piece of card stock.

So let me know if you'd like to see the "how to" video on what I've done here!
Thanks so much for dropping in today!
Hope you have enjoyed my posts...be sure to stop by again tomorrow for more!! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Songs/Carols - I chose:  "Winter Wonderland"  :0)
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Color Combo:

Happy Little Stampers CAS - masking

La-La Land Crafts is Sketchy This Week!

Hello friends!!  Happy Monday to ya!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was very busy with running around and doing lots and lots of canning!  I think it will be worth the trouble though.  :)

So today is another "Inspirational Monday" over on the
 La-La Land Crafts blog
This week we are sharing some inspiration with you using this sketch:

So be sure to hop on over to the blog this week to see all of the wonderful inspiration that the talented design team has to share with you using this sketch!

Here's my take on this sketch:
This darling image is called Love You Marci and the sentiment I've used on the banner comes with this image set as well!  I've also used some dies that I thought went really well with this cutie too!  I've used both the Hanging Hearts & Love Word dies along with the Stitched Elements dies for my card design.

I have recently received a gorgeous paper pad by Trimcraft and I thought it would be perfect to try out with this sketch.  The colors are my favorite color combo!  I have used some papers to help me paper piece parts of Marci's dress too!  The bottom part of her dress along with the heart in the center of her dress and her head band were all paper pieced.  I've used some Copics to help a bit with the shading  It's been such a long time that I have used flowers on my cards, I think I almost forgot what an awesome selection of flowers I have in my stash!! :)

Here's a closer view of the design:
As you can see, I've added some glossy accents to the heart on Marci's dress and you can also see the bits of sparkle on the paper strips as well as the sparkle on the center flowers.  I've used some Stickles glitter glue on that and of course I put some rhinestones on the heart dies.  As usual, everything is hard to photograph that you want to capture, but I do love the way this turned out.

Here's some product details about my design:
Copis: Skin - E000, E00, E02, R20, R00
Hair - E49, E47, E43, E41
Dress - V12, V01 
paper pieced areas - BG72, 0 (blender)
Boots - E87, E84, E81, V01, gold gel pen

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!  I hope you were inspired by my design using these really adorable stamps and dies!!  Be sure to hop on over to the La-La Land Crafts blog to see what the other amazingly talented ladies have come up with! :)

I'll be back again shortly with another post for you!  Stay tuned in!
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - ATG with a twist: feminine (square or rectangle cards only)
Shopping Our Stash- "Diamonds are a girl's best friend!"
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes

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